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Seattle Asian Art Museum

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Neighborhood: Broadway / Capitol Hill
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Address: Volunteer Park, 1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA 98112
Phone Number: 206 654 3100
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The SAAM, as its called, has millennia-old East Asian artifacts, from...

The SAAM, as its called, has millennia-old East Asian artifacts, from Chinese vases to Japenese Buddhist art.

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Beautiful collection of Asian art housed in a wonderful building in a residential area of the city.

Wonderful collection of Asian art in a beautiful, spacious building. Had some difficulty finding it, but it was worth the trouble. In particular, the special exhibit, Chiho... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 24, 2015
Chris C
Longmont, Colorado

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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425 reviews
266 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 356 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Seattle Art Museum made a smart move by keeping art in this building when the main portion of SAMs collections moved downtown. The setting of this museum in Volunteer Park creates more of a destination trip away from the city, but it’s worth it to see some fine art from China, Japan and India. The space is easy to... More 

Thank Jim L
Longmont, Colorado
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24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Wonderful collection of Asian art in a beautiful, spacious building. Had some difficulty finding it, but it was worth the trouble. In particular, the special exhibit, Chiho Aoshima: Rebirth of the World, was absolutely fascinating. It was comprised of an animated feature that ran maybe 60 feet or so along one wall of the museum. Each section told its own... More 

Thank Chris C
Weston, Connecticut
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76 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We were walking though the park on the first Saturday in October and stumbled across the "free 1st Saturday" monthly promotion. Lucky us. Highlight for us was a temporary exhibit done by a graphic artist - but the rest of the museum is wonderful as well. We would have happily paid the price of admission

Thank TravelersTwoPeople
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29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Visiting Seattle without a car represented no problem. This lovely art deco museum, nestled in the midst of the flora of Volunteer Park was an easy bus ride from our downtown hotel. The building itself lies across from a water pond (with several sculptures) that invites a restful viewing of the iconic structure. They have a suggested admission plan, but... More 

Thank phyllisweb1
Fortuna, California
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

If you are fond of Asian culture n history, this is a must-see place. It features different facets of culture of the Pacific rim specially works of art. When we visited it, there were various forms of art from China n Japan, paintings, calligraphy n other stuff. And it was a free day. The park across was wonderful too and... More 

Thank Nina E
Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

I realized I should swing by the Asian Art Museum regularly after being impressed with every temporary exhibit I got to see (Art Deco in Japan, Hometown Boy: LIiu Xiaodong ... and most recently Chiho Aoshima's "Rebirth of the World." ) as well as really enjoying their permanent collection (seems to rotate, too). They provide just enough and not too... More 

Thank Christine K
New York
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118 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

This is a super small museum and I would not pay the suggested 9 dollars an adult. Since admission was suggested I gave 5dollars for two adults. I also had a toddler in tow. I especially enjoyed the modern art displayed at the museum. I found the rest of the museum to be lack luster. You can view the whole... More 

1 Thank babywe
Tokyo, Japan
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216 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The Art Deco design inside is unexpected and lovely. Check the special exhibit schedule. Worth a trip on a weekend afternoon.

Thank Amya M
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137 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

SAAM is a small museum in a lovely building bookended by stone camels It is worthwhile for the exhibits. The current one, in place until October 4 (M-Tu closed, first Thursdays free) is Chiho Aushima's work "Rebirth of the World" featuring a 60 foot( I think) animation of a gorgeous world in which anime-faced buildings sway happily in their perfect... More 

1 Thank Antoinette M
Fort Morgan, Colorado
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28 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Was disappointed with the Asian Art Museum. Very limited collection and what was displayed was not in very good shape. One exception was the snuff bottle collection. It's the best exhibit in the museum. Calligraphy was well represented by sheer numbers of pieces if not quantity.

Thank Thomas P

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